Pony POV: Sunny Daze
My name is Sunny Daze, no relation to Sunny Days. I've been best friends with Peachy Pie for as long as I can remember. We even got our cutie marks on the same day. You want to hear about that story? Sure, I guess. It all started about a year and a half ago…
I was helping my mom tend to her prize cacti when I got the idea to move some of the cacti so that they could get more sunlight. At the time it was just nothing, I didn't think that it would lead to me getting a cutie mark. The next day I noticed that the cacti seemed a lot healthier, not that they were in bad health just that they seemed to be doing better. But I didn't really pay much mind to it. They were my mom's cacti after all so I thought she had something to do with it. Anyway, I decided to visit Peachy or Patty as she was known at the time. When I got to her place I found her staring angrily at a patch of dirt. "Grow you stupid tree!" she yelled.
"Are you ok?" I asked.
"Yeah, I just can't get this stupid plant to grow!" she said
I looked around her backyard and I noticed a spot where the sun seemed to shine more brightly. "Why don't you try plating it over there?" I suggested.
"Huh? Why over there?" Patty asked.
"Well it would get more sunlight for one thing."
"Well if you say so."
"By the way, what exactly are you trying to plant?"
"A peach tree. I figured why buy those delicious peaches when I can grow my own."
"Makes sense, I suppose."
The next day I decided to help Patty in anyway that I could, so I bought as many books about the sun and how its effect on plants as I could. It took a while but eventually Peachy had her own little orchid. One day I found a bunch of people hanging around her backyard. "What's going on?" I asked her.
"Well, I got the idea to take some of my peaches and make baked goods out of them. And then I got the idea to sell some of my peaches and peach accessories." she answered.
"Wow, you seem to be doing pretty well." I said.
"Yep, business is booming. Oh by the way, check this out." she said and turned her flank towards me.
At first it didn't register with my brain at what I was looking at, and then I noticed the peach on her flank. "Patty, you got your cutie mark!" I said. I was excited for my friend. Some might say that I would be upset at not getting my cutie mark at the same time as hers, but do you have any idea how unlikely it is that two ponies would get their cutie marks at the same time is?
"Yep, and it's all thanks to you." she said and hugged me.
I was so happy that I felt a tingling on my own flank. Patty looked down with a shocked look on her face. "Sunny… your flanks!" she said. I looked at my flanks and saw an image of a sun on them. "Oh my gosh, I have a cutie mark!" I said excitedly.
The next day, mine and Patty's parents were setting up our cuteceanera that we were having together. Patty decided to change her name to Peachy, both to match her new cutie mark as well as because Patty Pie just sounded kind of stupid and I'm going to have to agree with that. Peachy Pie sounds much better than Patty Pie. As for me, I decided to gloat to my older brother Shady Daze about how I got my cutie mark before him. "Ha! I got my cutie mark before you!" I gloated.
"Um…ok?" he said, not really caring.
"It must be so embarrassing to have your younger sister get her cutie mark before you." I said, ignoring him.
"Okay, first of all we're only a year apart. And secondly, age has nothing to do with when ponies get their cutie marks, and last but not least I'm still just a colt, so I have plenty of time to find my special talent", he explained.
"Why do you always have to spoil my fun?" I said, disappointed.
Shady Daze smiled and said, "I just don't feel the need to rush into those things. Oh, and by the way, Sunny?"
I smiled, "Thank you."
And that's the story of how Patty… I mean Peachy and I got our cutie marks. Hmm? Am I good at writing poetry? Sure, I guess. You want to hear some? Well, I would but I always get uneasy when people are expecting me to recite some of my poems. The talent show was different; I was too focused on trying not to lose my balance on those rollerblades to pay attention to the audience. I'm not as good on rollerblades as Peachy is, I mean she's as good as Scootaloo on her scooter if not better. But enough beating around the bush, what you guys actually want to know is what happened to me during the day of chaos.
It all started one morning when I heard my mom scream. I ran down the stairs and I was shocked at what I saw. A giant cactus was attacking my mom! I couldn't believe it; I thought I was having a weird dream. "Oh, it's no dream", said a voice behind me that I didn't recognize.
I turned around to see a badly colored drawing of a sun with a weird face floating in the air looking at me. "Who are you?" I asked.
"That doesn't matter." he said. "By the way, how do you like the gift I gave your mother?" he added.
"You did this? Why would you do something so cruel?" I asked.
"Why not? But it's not like you're expecting Princess Celestia to come to your rescue or anything, surfer girl." he said.
"Surfer girl? What?" I said, confused.
"Nothing. But the point I'm trying to make is why would Celestia waste her time on an insignificant pony like you?"
That made me mad. "Princess Celestia loves all her subjects!" I yelled at him.
"Oh yeah? Then what's that over there?" he said indicating something behind me as his eyes turned all swirly. I looked behind me when all of a sudden a huge blast of light came out nowhere and started burning the ground. I looked up to see where it was coming from and it was… the sun? What the hay? And then it started to move towards me. The talking cartoon sun turned to me and said, "Word of advice, run." I didn't need to be told twice and hightailed it out of there as that weird sun-thing laughed behind me. I couldn't believe it, was Princess Celestia, my own personal favorite princess, actually attacking me? There was no need to think about it, I continued to run as I saw chaos happen all around me. I even saw my brother freaking out screaming something about how he had gone blind. I wanted to help out, but I had to continue running if I didn't want to be burned to a crisp. And then I noticed Peachy sitting on her flank doing nothing but eat peaches. How could she just ignore everything happening around her? I screamed at her to help me, but she just told me that she was busy and that she would help me later. What? But I thought she was my friend, how could she just ignore me like that?
The next day after that chaos monster was defeated; I had to be admitted into a hospital due to my burns. I still wasn't sure if Princess Celestia had used the sun to attack me (can she do that?) or if it was something else. Anyway, when they showed me to my bed at the hospital I was shocked to see Peachy in the bed next to me. I wanted to ask if she was okay, but then I remembered how she did nothing to help me when my life was in danger and I turned my head away. When I got out of the hospital I found my brother Shady Daze waiting for me. "You do know that she was hurt by Discord just as much as everyone else, right?" he asked.
"Hmm?" I said.
"I'm talking about Peachy Pie. She was effected by Discord just as much as everyone else." he explained.
"She ignored me when my life was in danger!" I told him.
"She would have helped you under normal circumstances, but she had the misfortune of being put under Discord's spell like everyone else. I wouldn't blame you if you had run past me while I was blind running into walls." I must have had a guilty look on my face as he added, "So, you did run past me. I see."
"I'm so sorry." I told him.
"No, that's ok. It's not like there was anything you could do, even without the ray of sunlight trying to burn you to a crisp."
"It's not ok. I should have done something to help."
"Tell me, how do you suppose Peachy is feeling right now?" he asked as he escorted me back home.
I had visited the psychologists that were seeing everyone, and they had assured me that Princess Celestia was not trying to harm me. Although, to be honest, I kind of had some doubts as to whether or not Princess Celestia would do that. I'm not even sure if she could do that. And besides the main thing that was bugging me wasn't Princess Celestia, it was Peachy. Maybe Shady was right. Maybe Peachy was under some kind of spell or whatever created by Discord.
One day I had to miss school because of a fever. While I was lying down in bed I heard something going on outside. There was a weird mist and adult ponies were running into it and coming out as fillies and colts. And then there was this weird singing, and all of a sudden I felt a need to go into the mist myself. So I went in, and all of a sudden I'm meeting with Princess Celestia and Peachy Pie and I were talking again like we used too. I was happy.
So naturally, when I find out that none of it was real I was more than upset. I wasn't sure who to be mad at, the one who put me in that dreamlike state or whoever it was that caused it to end. Eventually everyone found out that Princess Gaia was Fluttershy, and they threw her a party? What the pony hell!? During the festival Fluttershy made a speech about how she knows that some ponies would never forgive her and that she would accept this. During her speech someone threw a rock at her. Ok, that's going a little far. I may not like Fluttershy, but I wouldn't throw a rock at her.
The next day while in school I noticed Peachy Pie looking kind of nervous. Finally she turned to me and asked me if I thought Princess Gaia was great. Oh no, not her too. But still, Peachy was talking to me again, I had to say something. I told her that I didn't think Princess Gaia was great. Peachy was silent for a while. At first I thought to myself 'Oh shit, now she's going to be mad at me for life', but then she started talking again. Before I knew it we were just talking about random stuff, but for whatever reason I was happy. Even though I don't agree with what Fluttershy did, I think I should be thanking her. If it wasn't for her, I wouldn't have gotten back together with my friend. And out of the corner of my eye I thought I saw my brother smile at me and I smiled back.
So that's my story. Well actually there is one more thing. A few weeks ago we were having my birthday party at Sugar Cube Corner. Everything was going fine until Peachy's cousin Pinkie Pie came towards me carrying something. "Happy birthday Sunny Daze. Here's your birthday present." she said. I looked at it and noticed that it was surfboard with a red bow on it. "Is something the matter?" she asked noticing the shocked look on my face. "Um…no, not at all" I told her. It was so weird; it's not that I didn't like the gift. I had actually been thinking about trying surfing for awhile, but looking at that surfboard filled me with a strange sense of nostalgia. And I was left being more confused than anything.